Barque Picton Castle

picture of the Picton Castle at sea

Picton Castle Specifications:

Flag Cook Islands
Rig Barque, 3-masted
Homeport Avatiu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Sparred Length 179'
LOA 148'
LOD 135'
LWL 130'
Draft 14' 6"
Beam 24'
Rig Height 100'
Freeboard 6'
Sail Area 12,450 sq ft
Tons 284 GRT
Power 690 HP diesel
Hull Riveted steel

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Barque Picton Castle (Cook Islands) is a beautiful three-masted square-rigger currently on her seventh circumnavigation of the globe under Capt. Dan Moreland. The stately 179-foot steel vessel hails from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, and is licensed to sail on long-distance deep water sail training voyages from an unofficial home port in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. With masts to 100 feet tall, she spreads 12,450 square feet of sail and voyages with a crew of 12 and 40 sail trainees. A converted Welsh fishing trawler that served as a World War II British Navy minesweeper before Capt. Moreland rebuilt her as a sailing vessel, she will be berthed along the Riverwalk between the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park and the Erie Basin Marina.

Picton Castle Information:

Season Year-round
Designer Capt. Daniel Moreland, Daniel Blachley
Built 1928
Coast Guard Certification Registered, inspected and certified as a Sail Training Vessel in worldwide service by the Cook Islands Ministry of Transportation
Crew 12
Trainee 40
Contact Person Barque Picton Castle
Organization Tall Ships America
Address PO Box 1076
Lunenberg, Nova Scotia
BOJ 2CO Canada
Telephone (902) 634-9984
Fax (902) 632-9985
e-mail [email protected]
Website www.picton-castle.com
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